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The parliament of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) voted in principle the bill to expand the use of the Albanian language.
In favour of the bill voted 66 MPs (coming from the ruling Social Democratic Union/SDSM of Zoran Zaev and Ali Ahmeti’s DUI) while 41 MPs voted against (coming from VMRO-DPMNE’s main opposition party, Nikola Gruevski).
Migrants living in Greece who want to travel on to other countries, many to join their families, are intensifying their protests.
A group of around 100 refugees, mostly Iraqis and Syrians, traveled to Thessaloniki from Athens on Wednesday with the intent of marching to Greece's border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The campaign for the October 15 local elections in Macedonia will feature a mixed bag of local topics and big national issues, observers say - adding that the result will serve as an important barometer of the popularity of new course of the country following the change of regime at a national level.
More than 100 people gathered in front of FYROM's (Macedonia's) parliament to protest against a draft law to extend the official use of Albanian language to the entire country, as lawmakers started debating the bill.
The September 13 protest in Skopje was organized by the nationalist organization Tvrdokorni (Hard-core), the World Macedonian Congress, and several other groups.